Democratic Principles

Envisioning Tech-empowered Democratic Futures: A Quote Sheet

Envisioning Tech-empowered Democratic Futures: A Quote Sheet

By Madeleine Nicoloff | December 20, 2021

In the wake of the Summit for Democracy 2021, a fundamental part of the conversation to revitalize the democracy agenda involved recognizing the critical challenge that the global spread of a digital authoritarian model of governance is posing to democracy around the world. The first step in addressing this challenge is to build and invest in an equally innovative and compelling long-term vision of technology-empowered democratic governance, centered around the collective values and perspectives of people around the world.

Free Tools for Internet Freedom

Free Tools for Internet Freedom

By Madeleine Nicoloff | August 25, 2021

In today’s world, the exercise of democracy and human rights relies on access to secure, uncensored participation in the digital space. As society continues to move into the digital realm, the fight to defend human rights and civic space is expanding into this new territory: technology and the internet hold the potential to democratize access to information and to opportunity, but at the same time carry the danger of being used as an instrument to further exacerbate unequal power dynamics. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this tension strikingly clear.

What the CEPPS Countering Disinformation Guide Can Do for You!

What the CEPPS Countering Disinformation Guide Can Do for You!

By Kaleigh Schwalbe | July 01, 2021

The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) launched theCountering Disinformation Guidethis April as a one-stop-shop for practitioners and civil society organizations on what is working, and what is not working, in the information space.  The guide was created with funding from USAID in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  It is organized into nine thematic sections examining the roles